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Jessica Clarke

Professor of Law

Jessica Clarke’s research focuses on American equality law. She studies constitutional and statutory guarantees of non-discrimination based on traits such as race, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion and disability. Her work has been selected for the Harvard-Stanford-Yale Junior Faculty Forum and has received the Dukeminier Award for the best legal scholarship on sexual orientation and gender identity. After graduating from Yale Law School, Professor Clarke clerked for Judges Shira Scheindlin of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York and Rosemary Pooler of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. She also worked as an associate in the New York office of Covington & Burling, and spent two years teaching at Columbia Law School as an associate-in-law. From 2011 to 2018, Professor Clarke was an associate professor at the University of Minnesota Law School. In the fall of 2016, she was the Walter V. Schaefer Visiting Professor at the University of Chicago Law School. She teaches Civil Procedure and Constitutional Law.

Research Interests

Equality law, constitutional law, employment discrimination, law and sexuality, feminist legal theory

Representative Publications

  • "They, Them, and Theirs," Harvard Law Review (forthcoming 2019)
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  • "Explicit Bias," Northwestern University Law Review (forthcoming 2018)
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  • "Feminism and the Tournament," 96 Texas Law Review Online 42 (2018)
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  • "Protected Class Gatekeeping," 92 New York University Law Review 101 (2017)
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  • "Frontiers of Sex Discrimination Law," 115 Michigan Law Review 809 (2017) (reviewing Kimberly Yuracko, Gender Nonconformity and the Law (Yale University Press, 2016))
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  • "Against Immutability," 125 Yale Law Journal 2 (2015)
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  • "Identity and Form," 103 California Law Review 747 (2015)
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  • "Inferring Desire," 63 Duke Law Journal 525 (2013)
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  • "Beyond Equality? Against the Universal Turn in Workplace Protections," 86 Indiana Law Journal 1219 (2011)
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  • "Adverse Possession of Identity: Radical Theory, Conventional Practice," 84 Oregon Law Review 563 (2005)
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